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Originally Posted by GSD-Sue
I was wondering about pano,one of my shepherds had this & the vet described it as sort of growing pains. It wasn't always the same leg that he limped on though,it moved around all 4.The vet said if it continued after 18 months they would do tests but it stopped at about 16 months.
That does sound very much like the description given in the first link, and the various sites do suggest that Alsatians are particularly prone to it.
This is from the first link, [ in case anyone wants a quick rference without plodding through all the links in one go
"What is panosteitis?
Panosteitis is a bone disease of dogs that is characterized by bone proliferation and remodeling. It is often painful and can last as long as 18 months
, though more commonly it lasts from 2 to 5 months. It is characterized by lameness that often comes and goes and changes from leg to leg.
It is a common problem in several large breeds and the cause is currently unknown. The treatment is symptomatic but the outcome is usually very good.
Who gets panosteitis?
Panosteitis is most common in large breed dogs between 6 and 18 months of age. Occasionally, middle-aged German Shepherds will have a bout of panosteitis. It affects dogs worldwide and has been recognized and studied since the 1950's. Male dogs are much more likely to get panosteitis then females. There is a higher incidence in several breeds including German Shepherds, Great Danes, Doberman Pinschers, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Rottweilers, and Basset Hounds."